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When Your Garage Door Falls Off-Track: Causes & Preventions

by | Jul 20, 2022 | Garage Door Repair Fort Lauderdale

Nothing can be more frustrating than coming home after a stressful day and discovering that your garage door has fallen off track. It is an unfortunate fact that garage door damage can occur from time to time. Despite that fact, there are things you can do to minimize the damage.

But before that, you need to understand why such a thing happens. There are a lot of different things that can happen to your garage door, which can cause it to fall off its tracks.

Some of these things include:

  • Your garage door has been a victim of power surges or lightning. Many garage doors aren’t surge protected, so if lightning strikes near your garage, the electricity can jump and cause damage to your garage door. A tree can also fall on your tracks, making it impossible for your garage door to close correctly.
  • Overloading the door with excessive debris. If you have a lot of debris in your garage, your garage door won’t close properly.
  • Your garage door opener is damaged or worn out, causing your garage door not to open and close properly. It can also make your garage door fall off its tracks.
  • The spring is broken, and your garage door won’t open or close

What Happens When Your Garage Door Falls Off the Tracks?

You might be surprised by the damage your garage door can cause when it falls off the tracks. Your garage door can hit or damage your car, belongings, or even your garage.

If your garage door is really heavy, it will fall onto all sorts of things. It could ruin your car, dent your walls, or even damage your door, making it no longer work properly.

How to Properly Maintain Your Garage Door

One of the reasons your garage door falls off the tracks is not maintained properly. If you take the proper steps to maintain your garage door, you can keep it working correctly for a very long time. Here’s what you can do:

1. Take Out Debris off the Track Regularly

If you have a lot of debris in your garage, your garage door won’t close properly. Leaves, snow, and other debris can become lodged in your garage door track and keep your door from closing all the way or at all. 

Regularly cleaning this debris out will prevent it from becoming stuck in your track and causing your garage door to fall off the tracks.

2. Check the Chain

If your chain is not correctly attached to the trolley, your chain can break and cause your garage door to fall off the tracks. Check the chain regularly to ensure it is well made and appropriately attached.

3. Check the Track Alignment

If you notice that your garage door is going off track, you may need to adjust its alignment. That will ensure that your garage door will operate properly.

4. Seek Professional Help

If you notice problems with your garage door, you should call a professional garage door technician as soon as possible.


If you want to ensure your garage door is maintained correctly, you should take steps to do so. Many different things can go wrong with your garage door, but if you keep your finger on the pulse and maintain your garage door properly, you can prevent much of this damage.

If your garage door has been damaged, you must get a garage door professional to repair your garage door. That is the only way to ensure that your door is repaired correctly. 

Garage Door Repair Fort Lauderdale FL is the place to call when you need a garage door track repair service. We provide superior garage door services, including door openers, rollers, cables, panels, and spring replacement. Contact us today!

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